Searching on the Internet for advice in regards to organizing your resume sections can have you leaving with more questions than answers. The fact is, there is not one right way to do this. The reason being, there are many employers who have different opinions on what makes a great resume. Below is advice for following the “norm” in regards to the sections of a resume.
1. Contact Info
“Yeah, no kidding!”… This is obviously at the top of your resume and the only reason we mention it is to remind you to proofread your phone number and email address… We wouldn’t mention this if we haven’t seen them presented incorrectly.
2. Objective or Summary
SUMMARY! Professionals say this resume section is optional, but if strategically worded, this can be one of the key deciding factors for the employer to schedule an interview with you! It’s important that you know the difference between an Objective (outdated) and a Summary. For more on the differences read How To Write A Great Resume Summary Statement.
3. Work Experience/Education
If you have no work experience and are a recent graduate, we advise that you place your education near the top of your resume. If you are a recent graduate with work experience, your education section should be towards the bottom. Please make sure that you include only relevant experience in this section! If you don’t, the hiring manager may get lost in the noise of your resume and pass you up completely. Check out 4 Tips To Write Your Resume Work Experience Section for a more detailed breakdown of the experience section on your resume, with examples!
Many wonder whether or not the skills resume section is actually necessary. Some say you should only use this section for a technical position that needs specialized skills such as software experience. We challenge that notion because every position has technical requirements, so to speak, and this is the section you can outline these skills the best. Stick to 6-8 bullet points of 3 to 4 words or less. Make sure to do some research if needed in the industry “Lingo” so that you can use the right keywords to stand out!
Check out How To Write A Professional Resume to learn the tips and tricks to get your resume in the hand of the employer.
If you are not a recent graduate, your education should always go towards the bottom. Although this may be your greatest accomplishment, unfortunately, employers care much more about work experience than where or when you went to school. This resume section is really only to show that you possess a degree. Don’t get carried away with this, keep it simple.
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Overall, there are many ways to format a resume and some industries require specifics that others do not. If you are unsure where to start, sticking to the above layout will definitely be the most widely accepted way to format your resume.